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SEN and Working Memory

Difficulties with Working Memory can create barriers to children achieving in reading, writing, maths, and learning across the curriculum.

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KS1 GaPS, preparing your pupils to pass the test

Maddy Barnes looks at how best to prepare children for the 2016 KS1 GaPS test.

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The value of precise mathematical vocabulary

The national curriculum requires that children use mathematical language. It states that ‘the quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their mathematical vocabulary and presenting a mathematical justification, argument or proof’.

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Nicky Morgan proposes further reforms to primary assessment

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has spoken today about reforms to promote educational excellence in schools, including proposed changes to primary school assessment. 

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What is Working Memory?

Working Memory is the ability to store and process information over a short period of time. This provides children with the capacity to think and learn.

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Creating the conditions for mastery (1)

With thanks to Nick Hart, Deputy Head at Penn Wood Primary and Nursery School in Slough, for this fascinating article on scaffolding.

In one episode of the Simpsons, Bart moves school and is immediately put into a remedial class.  He joins a lesson where they are continuing their work from the previous day – the letter ‘a’.  Bart’s observation is: ‘Let me get this straight.  We’re going to catch up to the other kids by going slower than them?’

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My priorities for this academic year - a deputy head's perspective

We caught up with Deputy Head Michael Tidd at the start of term to ask him what his priorities were for the year ahead and how he intended to tackle them. Here is what he kindly shared with us.

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TES SEN Show 2015

The TES SEN Show 2015 is fast approaching, and we're very excited! Make sure that you've signed up to the event, and the fantastic TeachMeet planned for Friday 9th October after the show.

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Register for FREE Working Scientifically CPD course

Join Rising Stars and the National Science Learning Centre for a free online science CPD course on Working Scientifically!

We are delighted to invite you to a free online science CPD course hosted by Rising Stars and the National Science Learning Centre. 

This course will explain what working scientifically means in the new curriculum and will provide practical activities to support you in the classroom. All attendees of the complete course will receive a CPD certificate of attendance from the NSLC.

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Teaching additive reasoning

With thanks to Nick Hart, Deputy Headteacher at Penn Wood Primary School in Slough, for this really interesting article on teachng additive reasoning.

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